Poll: How much did your motherboard cost?

Pay a premium for a better processor or graphics card, and there’s a good chance you’ll get better performance in return. Do the same when buying a motherboard, and the benefits may be harder to quantify. Generally speaking, motherboard pricing tends to be tied to features—be it extra Serial ATA ports, multi-GPU compatibility, overclocking options, or just the ability to use a freshly released processor.

That raises an important question: how much did TR readers spend on their last motherboard (at the time of purchase)? Was a simple LGA775 or Socket AM2+ motherboard with a lone PCI Express x16 slot enough, or did you go for a tricked-out Core i7 mobo with more heat pipes and connectors than your last three PCs put together? This happens to be our latest poll question, so feel free to cast your vote either below or on our front page.

Our last poll topic was about Windows 7, or more specifically, which desktop operating system will be the overall best after Windows 7’s release. A whopping 51% of you chose Windows 7 itself, and surprisingly enough, Linux came in second place with 20% of the vote. Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Windows Vista followed with a respective 14%, 8%, and 4%, while 1%. Oh, and apparently, at least 1% of TR gerbils remember BeOS.

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    • Cannyone
    • 11 years ago

    Well, I have more than one system. 1. Has an Asus P5E, which cost me around $235. 2. Had an MSI P7N Diamond, which I replaced with a Foxconn ELA – they were $265 and $190 respectively – but I’ve recently decided to return to using the Nvidia chipset board. The Nvidia hard drive controller isn’t as good the the ICH10, but it that’s the only short-coming.

    I’m not sure I’d buy a Foxconn board in the future. They answer calls for Tech Support, but don’t know WTF they’re talking about. Emails for simple stuff like, why the onboard sound can’t be disabled in bios, leave them stumped. And they’re Motherboard manuals are pretty worthless.

    The catch is that companies like Asus and MSI aren’t that much better. At least when it comes to customer support… They just can’t “keep up” with market development, so they short-cut all their designs and their product quality shows this fact. The bottom line is that all 3 of these boards was grossly overpriced, and if it wouldn’t just make the situation worse, all of these companies should be put out of business. (IMO) The sad part is that I’ll probably buy a new motherboard from some other manufacturer in the near future. And I’ll undoubtedly pay too much for it!

    Anyway that’s my 2¢ worth…

    • LoneWolf15
    • 11 years ago

    Needed to ship the D975XBX2 I’d bought for $179 several years ago overseas to help family with a RAID controller issue.

    Replaced it with a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P for $135 roughly six months ago. Like the Intel, a good solid board.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 11 years ago

    I got my mobo for about $300 CDN (it had dropped from around $400 at the time). 975x ASUS P5WDH. It was originally designed for the P4EE’s but I bought a E6300 (1.86GHz) at the time. It’s now accepting 45nm Quads thanks to BIOS updates. Good longevitiy in this one. It’s lasted for 3 different CPU upgrades.

    • kpo6969
    • 11 years ago

    GA-P35-DS3L rev 2
    $90 new @ Newegg 4/08
    Still going strong, does what I need it to do, stable and reliable.

    • Risme
    • 11 years ago

    I think I paid 138 euros for my Asus P5B Deluxe, so with current exchange rates or whatever they’re called in english, that would be about $186.

    Hard to compare prices between U.S. and Finland though, as you need to pay significantly more for the same piece of hardware in here than you would in the U.S. Still, I don’t really have any complaints, it’s a good motherboard and it wasn’t too expensive.

    • no51
    • 11 years ago

    $250 for my 680i
    $200 for my 780i

    Didn’t really need the 780i and can’t return it, but them are the breaks.

    • Krogoth
    • 11 years ago

    Here is a brief list on what I can remember.

    $140-150 for EpoX Nforce 4 Ultra board. The board still works to this day.

    $180ish for a Infinity 975X that I got back when 65nm C2Ds were hot business. The board works but one of the PCIe slots got fried by a loose screw.

    Because of the aforementioned problem, I was forced to get an EP45-DS4P for $185. The reason is due to my Highpoint RocketRAID 2310. The card needs a 4x or greater PCIe slot in order to work.

    • BKA
    • 11 years ago

    So for the votes that spent over $400, are those server motherboards? Or are those votes for the EVGA x58 Classified?

      • crabjokeman
      • 11 years ago

      Not everyone takes the poll seriously…

    • Mourmain
    • 11 years ago

    It’s interesting how most people here seem to have assembled their computers around 2007 (myself included). We should have a poll about *[

      • pullmyfoot
      • 11 years ago

      Well I for one did. That would be an interesting poll. I got me a Gigabyte 590i SLI board for about $100+

    • Palek
    • 11 years ago

    Paid roughly $140 for a DFI Lanparty NF4-Ultra-D (I may have gotten the model name wrong, basically the DFI nForce 4 Ultra board) a few years back. At that time I also bought an Athlon X2 3800+ (socket 939) for an eye-watering $400. A month later the same CPU sold for half that. Ouch!

    • jackbomb
    • 11 years ago

    $260 for my Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. It was the first motherboard with dual x16 SLI, and quite possibly the first to use heat pipes. 🙂

    It’s still at the heart of my main system, hosting a s939 Opty 185 @ 3.2GHz as well as a pair of 8800 GTS video cards.

      • NeronetFi
      • 11 years ago

      I have the Asus A8N-Sli Premium. IMO the A8N was a excellent line of Mobos. My only beef with the premium is that it isnt dual x16 pci-e

    • Satsuki
    • 11 years ago

    You would be a fool to spend more than $80 on a motherboard these days! Especially with the 780G.

      • BKA
      • 11 years ago

      Fool check; HERE!!

      I spent close to $300 for my DFI X58, but with the motherboard and power supply being major components of a PC, I don’t mind spending that much on them.

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 11 years ago

    The last motherboard I bought was an Asus P5B-E, and to be honest, I can’t quite remember how much I paid for it back in November 2006. I’m pretty sure it would have been around $140 at the time. However, I don’t see myself building another computer ever again since I have exited the PC gaming market and simply don’t need the power or customization options that a tower offers. Laptops all the way here from now on.

    • skitzo_zac
    • 11 years ago

    I got my Asus P5NE-SLI in April 2007 for $199 (AUD), which is was apparently about $165 US back then..
    I am still using that motherboard now, havent upgraded my PC since I then, except mouse and keyboard.

    • just brew it!
    • 11 years ago

    Asus M3A78-CM; I think I paid around $80 for it. It has been absolutely rock-solid. It is the basis for my primary home desktop (which runs Ubuntu 8.10).

    It used to be that I would only consider a micro-ATX board if I was building a budget box for one of the kids, or a secondary “screw around” system. But these days, with even inexpensive boards sporting features like 4x DIMM slots, Gb LAN, 6x SATA ports, a plethora of USB ports, and “good enough for most purposes” onboard audio, it is rather difficult for me to justify shelling out more than $100 for a mobo.

    • dhmhtries22
    • 11 years ago

    Ei hi guys,

    My last mb is Asus Maximus formula S.E(nearly 300 € ).

    I was always buying the most * pric(e)y* for years now.I also had Msi P35 platinum , Ga 965p dq6 ,GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal,GA-8GPNXP Duo , GA-BX2000.

    In the end it makes no sense.Lots of money, you do the same job as with a cheap one. Except for the feeling that you may have something better.For 2-3 months of course….

    • Peffse
    • 11 years ago

    Funny, I don’t really recall how much my motherboard cost.
    I know I bought the D865PERL around 5 years ago, and I think it was around $150-$200…. maybe somebody else would know.
    I love my motherboard though, it survived five power supply explosions. It’s still working hard today. I’m hoping to let it retire later this year.

      • FranzVonPapen
      • 11 years ago

      What is your situation such that this one motherboard has /[

        • indeego
        • 11 years ago

        He submerges the PS in gasolineg{<.<}g

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        Runs 110 V power supplies on heavy-duty 380 V connectors.

      • pogsnet
      • 11 years ago
    • Prion
    • 11 years ago

    I don’t remember how much I paid for my Abit KV8 Pro. Probably either just over or just under $100. Been great.

    • Kilos
    • 11 years ago

    Purchased a Zotac Geforce 8100 motherboard for around $60 shipped from Newegg two months ago. It seems to have everything I need, though the BIOS could have more features (have a black edition AMD but cannot adjust the multi).

    • absinthexl
    • 11 years ago

    Abit IB9, I believe it was under $100. Amazingly bad choice. If only I knew back then.

    • honoradept
    • 11 years ago

    A cheap P5KPL ~ 60$ and throw the rest of money to a decent CPU and graphic card, i don’t even seen the performance drop >3% compare to a super expensive MB.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 11 years ago

    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P: $109.99 from Newegg. More than I had planned to pay, but I got a good discount on the processor, so I spent that extra on the board.

    • ucisilentbob
    • 11 years ago

    $80 after rebate. Yay for my old faithful abit IP35. I’m gonna miss them.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 11 years ago

    I don’t spend more than 200 on any component; my next motherboard will be in the 100ish dollar range. My last one was in 2005, and I *think* it was about 150, but that’s been a while. I don’t buy crappy ones, but I see no point in spending 250 on a mobo for my needs. I don’t need it to support more than a handful of drives, whatever CPU I plan to mate with it and whatever the current interface is for GPUs. And I need it stable. I don’t need 10 system fans, super overclocking options, fancy heatsinks, 4 PCI-E slots, multiple physical CPUs…just not for my uses.

    • Turd-Monkey
    • 11 years ago

    That’s really strange, for some reason these results don’t seem to jive with this other poll?

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    • ManAtVista
    • 11 years ago

    I think my Asus P6T Deluxe cost $349 at launch, with tax and shipping, that’s $350-$400. A rockin mobo.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 11 years ago

    ASUS M3A78-EM for $49.99 (open box) from the ‘egg.

    • bdwilcox
    • 11 years ago

    The real question is, “How much did your mother cost the bored?”

    • flip-mode
    • 11 years ago

    $80 for a ga-ma69gm-s2h

    It does everything I need, overclocks very well. It’s shortcomings are no second ethernet (for virtual machines), a whining inductor, and the south bridge (which, as much as I harp on it, is really just fine for what I need).

    The most I /ever/ spent on a motherboard was $130 for an Asus a7n8x Deluxe v2.0. That was a nice motherboard.

      • sydbot
      • 11 years ago

      I have to ga-ma78gm-s2h for about $80 as well. Great little board, have not OC’d it at all, but no need really. I bought it with the idea of early retirement into a media pc, which with HDMI, DVI, VGA, lossless audio, optical out, drop in support for Phenom for 1080P x264, and quiet operation makes it perfect. Turns out it is perfect for just about everything else too, I may not move into another board until I do a new full build.

    • Forge
    • 11 years ago

    We few, we happy few, we loaded suckers.
    For he to-day that spends his cash with me
    Shall be my brother;

    Guilty as charged, EX58-UD5 and voted as such.

    It may not be worth the sticker price, but anyone who has used a really top shelf mobo knows there are some that justify the sticker.

      • moose17145
      • 11 years ago

      hehe, same board I currently have. Payed just a bit over 300 from the egg when I got it, if i am not mistaken.

    • clone
    • 11 years ago

    Asus P5Q pro $123 with free shipping for the entire order…. the only reason I bought it.

    works fine but I prefer Gigabyte and still do having used this board.

    • Captain Ned
    • 11 years ago

    $184.99 at Newegg for an Abit IP35 Pro in July 2007. Still loving the six BIOS-controlled fan headers.

      • Valhalla926
      • 11 years ago

      Six headers? That’s incredible. How did they fit that many on the board?

        • Captain Ned
        • 11 years ago

        Fit? There’s room for more.

    • loophole
    • 11 years ago

    I bought my K9A2 Platinum for $169 from MicroCenter because at the time I needed a board that could run multiple CABs (Cell Accelerator Boards). It’s been happily running my 9850BE since then and has also gotten BIOS upgrades to support the Phenom II so when the time is right I can upgrade to a Phenom II 955 (or probably by the time that happens the 975BE will be out).

    • cybot_x1024
    • 11 years ago

    i got the DFI LanParty DK P45 T2RS plus mobo about 2 months after they released it in the wild. i am verey content with what i payed.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 11 years ago

    Really not a good way to vote, but then, they said the “last” purchase…

    Last purchase was the Gigabyte EP45-UD3R for $125 for my son and I have not even looked at it since the build… My son plays everything under the sun and loves it. Of course, he has the hottie CPU and video card.

    But I have an ASUS P45 P5Q Deluxe that cost me 199 bucks. Has been great too, but was it worth it? For my ego, yea. I have XFire capability, so it will come in handy as prices are nose-diving. So, I’ll get 2 4870s or maybe even the 4890s when the 5xxx start coming out and the 4xxx are sub 100 bucks then I’ll have 2 cards that will last me another 3-4 years. So, I guess it was a good investment… Plus my ego will be nicely comforted.

    • Corrado
    • 11 years ago

    Biostar 790GX mobo with X-Fire support. Was $115 at MicroCenter.

    • marvelous
    • 11 years ago

    I bought my board when core 2 duo was first released which was nearly 3 years ago for $180. Still supports very powerful CPU including Q9650. It’s the best investment I ever made out of all the computer parts I purchased over the years. I don’t think I’m going to upgrade it any time soon.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Which chipset is that? P965 or 975x? If the latter you’re extra lucky it can support those CPUs and that the mobo maker kept updating BIOSes. Which manufacturer is it?

        • marvelous
        • 11 years ago

        P965 Asus p5b 🙂

    • Kougar
    • 11 years ago

    Paid $200 for an open-box X58-UD5, extremely happy with it.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 11 years ago

    I paid $150, but the board was cheaper on Newegg, and I’m not entirely pleased with it. I see little point in spending that much, unless you’re absolutely sure you’re using Crossfire or SLI. And that’s what, maybe 1% of people?

    My next one will probably be a $60 760G. It’s not impossible to do it right, and at a reasonable price. If only Intel would take note…

    • rhysl
    • 11 years ago

    Well I voted in NZ dollars since its not mentioned what currency we use on this POLL

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      g{<$<}g = -[

    • ClickClick5
    • 11 years ago

    Intel D975XBX2 Bought for $235 on newegg two years ago this past march.

    • Ihmemies
    • 11 years ago

    290€ .. it was more than i7 920 cpu. Gfx card was 150€, Radeon 4850.. runs games without AA pretty fine at 2560*1600.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    Never more than $150.
    I actually don’t remember the cost of this particular board now, but I know it fit between 101-150 bucks at least.

    • kvndoom
    • 11 years ago

    Pretty sure I paid around 90-95 dolla for mine. Of course that was in 2005, so I’m not expected to remember. Considering it has been on almost 100% of the time for nearly 4 years, I think I got my money’s worth.

    • CasbahBoy
    • 11 years ago

    $225, personally. I tend to stick to Supermicro motherboards.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    $149.99 and mainly because I was limited in choice to 1 motherboard given the form factor and chipset. although in the past I’d paid more, up to a little over $200. Got tired of of seeing them drop in value by half even whlie they’re still current, and tired of hardware swapping overall. Motherboards in general seem to depreciate in value for resale faster than just about any other component. 🙁

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      I’ve noticed that if they’re sitting right above the $100 range, they tend to drop about $20-30 within a few weeks. They don’t tend to change much after that, though, so it’s not really the end of the world. 790GXs and P45s, for example, have been there for about a year now.

      I’m pretty sure that most motherboards have low margins, so it’s probably pretty standard fare to try and take advantage of early adopters, especially during the short time that there are fewer brands and models on the shelves.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        I wasn’t talking about retail prices but rather used resell prices.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 11 years ago

          Oops, I missed that part. I’ve still noticed that with new ones, though. CPUs and video cards tend to be stuck for a while, but motherboard prices fly all over the place. One day you think you are getting a deal, and then the next week, every last one of them is even cheaper than the cheapest one you could find.

          It doesn’t surprise me that they lose half of their value when they’re used, though. Whenever I see an open box motherboard for cheap, that’s when I’m the most hesitant about whether it’s really a good deal or not. The only things I’ve ever had break or behave strangely on me are motherboards, and I wouldn’t want to take any chances.

            • pullmyfoot
            • 11 years ago

            Yeah. Its motherboards and hard drives that I’m always most particular about getting quality. I would always want new when it comes to both. Unless I know the person selling them to me well

    • rekta
    • 11 years ago

    GA-P35-DS3L – $86 (shipped) @ Clubit – Dec, 2007

      • Sniper
      • 11 years ago

      Same here, except, I bought it from newegg.

      • ecalmosthuman
      • 11 years ago

      Me too. Same price, same board, Newegg. Couldn’t be more satisfied.

      • rhema83
      • 11 years ago

      My current one is a GA-EP43-DS3L. It was priced close enough to the GA-EP35-DS3L so I just went for the newer board. Around $100 from Newegg, in June 2008.

      I also went for the E7200 CPU and spent the money that I saved. on a $180 Radeon HD4850 instead, 2 weeks after its launch. I think it was a good choice, although I wish I bought a CPU with VT, since I use a VM to access my office VPN now.

      • HurgyMcGurgyGurg
      • 11 years ago

      Bought the P45 version of that board, for about $90-100 USD, forgot the exact conversion from Hong Kong Dollars. Good deal for last summer.

    • travbrad
    • 11 years ago

    My current mobo (ASUS P5Q SE PLUS) was a bit over $90 (plus a $10 MIR).

    It’s hard to justify anything much more expensive than that, since I run “mid-range” hardware. I can’t see myself ever paying more than $150 for one.

    • Lazier_Said
    • 11 years ago

    I have four functional PCs in the house at the moment.

    Abit NF4 – mwave refurb, Dec 2006, $28.
    Asus GF6150 – used, Jan 2007, $40.
    Gigabyte GF6100 – mwave refurb, Jan 2007, $35.
    Asus P5QL – Dell small business, April 2009, $65.

    Average of $42 per.

    I’m a cheapskate at heart.

    • Jakubgt
    • 11 years ago

    $300….

    Stupid marketing gimmicks….I knew I should of chosen that nice P45 board for $150 instead of that $300 Asus Rampage Formula

    • Chillectric
    • 11 years ago

    $119. The max I would pay would be $150 (same with video card and processor). I’d rather have a lower budget, go for performance/price and upgrade more frequently.

    • bthylafh
    • 11 years ago

    My limit for motherboards is about $120, which is only slightly less than what I’ll pay for a video card.

      • Ethyriel
      • 11 years ago

      Ugh, that reminds me…

      My first after market video card purchase was an Asus TNT card. The fastest 2D capable card on the market, just released, for $116. I think I spent $10 extra for TV Out, which that price included. Now that doesn’t even buy me a card capable of playing current generation games at my LCD’s native resolution.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Your native res must be 1920×1200? There are some pretty capable cards in the ~$120 range atm like the on-the-way-out 4850, 4830, or 4770, or even the 9800GT. For not much more you can step up to great cards like the GTX260-216 or HD4870. If your native res is lower then the first set of cards is good.

          • Ethyriel
          • 11 years ago

          Yeah, 1920×1200, but I’m thinking of picking up a little 20 incher so I can game at 1600×1200 when necessary. In the long run, it will be less expensive than more frequent upgrades, even though I’m psychologically incapable of buying an inexpensive monitor.

          I picked up a 9800GTX+ awhile back, just when they made that die shrink. I already had an old 8800 GTS 640MB, but the heat and subsequent noise differential was big for me, considering I’m into silent computing. One of these days I’ll get around to picking up the TRAD^2 that I’ve been planning on.

    • Ethyriel
    • 11 years ago

    I bought it before solid capacitors were widespread, so I shelled out for it. Well, my last one (P35-DS4) wasn’t so bad as the one before (965G-DQ6)

    • SnowboardingTobi
    • 11 years ago

    I don’t remember, honestly. Whatever an Asus P5B Deluxe cost about 2 years ago is what I paid.

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    Hmm… I almost exclusively buy Shuttles, so the motherboard, PSU, and case are all included in the price…

    edit: I suppose you’d better ask “How much did your most recent motherboard cost?” or “How much did your primary motherboard cost?”

    I bought the VIA Nano board a while back, which is CPU + motherboard, and it cost ~$150.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 11 years ago

    I payed too much.

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